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Turn a Peppermill with Hal Simmons, Feb 12

Freshly ground pepper always tastes better, especially if it comes from a pepper grinder you make yourself. In this class, Hal Simmons will teach you how to make your own 6" peppermill on the lathe as well as skills you need to make many more.

Turn a Peppermill, Feb. 12, 2011

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

February 2
Finishing the Finish

February 5
Hand Cut Dovetails

February 9
Taming the Skew

February 12
Turn a Peppermill

February 12
Antiques Show and Tell

February 13
Basic Bowl Turning

February 15
Hand Planes

February 19
Router Basics

February 22
Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame

February 23
French Polish Workshop

February 26
Basic Bowl Turning

February 27
Natural Edge Bowl Turning

February 26-27
Sculpting a Sculptured Rocker with Charles Brock

March 5-6
Fundamentals of Woodworking

March 8
Hand Tool Sharpening

March 12
Beginning Turning

March 12
Antiques Show and Tell

March 13
Introduction to Turning

March 16
Coloring Wood

March 19
Introduction to Marquetry

March 19
Spray Finishing

March 22-23
Build a Bookcase

March 26
Basic Bowl Turning

March 26-27
Antique Restoration

March 29
Taming the Skew

March 30
French Polish Workshop

March 31
Timber Framing

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Buy our Rikon Scrollsaw
Package Deal, only $169.99

Our scrollsaw package deal includes 86 extra blades worth $35.92, plus "The Scroll Saw, a Beginner's Guide" DVD, a $19.95 value, PLUS a Flexible Shaft and 206-pc accessory kit, an additional $49.98 value. Total value, $255.84! With its built-in worklight, variable speed control and sawdust blower and dustport, the Rikon Scrollsaw is ideal for making toys, puzzles, letters, numbers, etc.

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Do you have a great idea for staying alert and helping to avoid injuries in your workshop? If so, we want to hear about it! . Receive a $25 store gift card if we feature your tip in a future issue.

This month's tip comes from Bill Peterson, who believes that one of the safest tools we can have in our shop is a comfortable chair.

CLICK HERE to read his safety tip:

Another Safety Tip: Get an Oily Waste Can for YOUR Shop!

Rags and clothes soaked in linseed oil, tung oil and many other products in a woodworking shop are a serious fire hazard, and this OSHA compliant oily waste can will help limit your risk. Keep your shop safe and give yourself peace of mind with the 6 gallon oily waste can.

CLICK HERE to keep your shop safe:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
A Primer on Paste Wood Fillers

If you've ever wanted to produce that "mirror finish" on a project, using a paste wood filler like Behlen's Pore-O-Pac wood filler is the most important step in achieving a glass smooth finish.

Here is a ten step process for great results using paste wood fillers:

New Water-based Finishes from General

Solvent-based lacquers can have amazing luster and depth as finishes. Unfortunately they also have some real health & safety issues in their application. While finishing expert Jeff Jewitt has yet to find a water-based finish to perfectly match a solvent lacquer, Jeff feels these new water-based finishes from Enduro of General Finishes give a very nice looking result.

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Only $219.99!

This little gem has already proven itself to be an excellent value as a 10" bandsaw, especially at this low introductory price. In our tests at the store, we installed a Wood Slicer resawing blade on the Rikon 10-305 bandsaw, carefully adjusted all the guides, then proceeded to resaw uniform slices 1/64" thick off the length of a 4x4. We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw.

Rikon 14" DELUXE Bandsaw — Only $799.99!

The Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw is a great choice for all kinds of woodworkers. Furnituremakers will like the large 13" resawing capacity and cutting accuracy. Woodturners will like the stability of the large table when roughing bowl blanks. The 1-1/2 HP 115/230 volt motor makes this choice of bandsaw convenient and powerful. Sturdy steel frame, double bearing blade guides and tilting large cast iron table with a heavy rip fence, integral inch scale and resawing pivot guide.

Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
I started using a 1/2" wide Wood Slicer bandsaw blade last night for the first time. What a joy to use! The first piece of 5" wide maple was resawn very easily. By the time I had cut a third piece of maple the edges produced were nearly as smooth as results achieved with a good jointer. The blade cut through a 2" wide knot without burn marks, negligible slowdown and very smooth results. I was extremely pleased with the results of the Wood Slicer bandsaw blade. Thanks! — D. Williams

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 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Restoring an Old Plane
Show Us Your Stuff
Using Paste Wood Fillers
Safety Tip: Taking a Break
Confessions of a Lumberholic

Show Your Shop!
For this popular monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Featured this month is Michael Curtis' well-equipped workshop that he and his wife designed and built themselves.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

This month our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, finally gives us a tour of his current Down to Earth Workshop (just as he is moving out!), and then lets us in on some of the "Un"handy discoveries he has made while making updates on the home he recently purchased. He also offers a thorough review of the Festool HEPA filtration dust extraction system, and begs you not to refer to it as a vacuum.

CLICK HERE to read some great "Un"Handyman stories and more in this month's Down to Earth Woodworker!

Get a Triton Router for a Great Price!

Three distinctive routers from Triton Workshop Systems reflect new thinking about a lot more than just unique body design. Triton's engineers have incorporated several innovative features with instant appeal for woodworkers, including easy rack and pinion plunge drive, one-wrench bit change below the base and effective dust control, among others.

Which Triton Router do you want? Take a look at all of them here:

SawStop Accessory Rebate

Purchase our wife-approved 3 HP SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw now and receive a FREE overarm dust collection assembly, a $199 added value. Purchase our 1.75 HP PCS model (also wife-approved) and receive a FREE dust collection blade guard, a $139 added value.

Check out the SawStop rebate:

Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month
Standard Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

This month we're highlighting the Lie-Nielsen Standard Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane, also known as the 9-1/2. Our friend Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a blog post introducing us to the diverse uses of this versatile block plane, and gave us a few tips to help maximize its functionality.

Check out Lee's short tutorial on the 9-1/2 Block Plane:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I have acquired a family plane. It is rusted and has been neglected for some time. I am interested in cleaning it up and making it usable. Can you provide some guidance on what to use and how to do this?

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Confessions of a Lumberholic

By Dick Rank

If you look at my woodshop, it is really crowded with tools, and lumber is stashed everywhere. In fact, it is getting hard to walk around in there. Last week, some events happened that made me admit that I need help. Somehow I need to stop buying lumber.

Click here to read this lumberholic's cautionary tale.

Work Sharp 3000 Sharpening Center with FREE Wheel

For a limited time, order a Work Sharp 3000 Sharpening Center and get a FREE Slotted Wheel or Tempered Glass Wheel with your purchase - a $19.99 value! This sandpaper-based sharpener is a good value for the budget conscious woodworker or the enthusiast who wants to forego the learning curve of other methods.

CLICK HERE for more info:

A good workbench is the keystone of any woodworking shop. You'll be able to approach your next woodworking project like never before with our AFFORDABLE new European Workbench. Solidly constructed from beautiful European beechwood, this bench will help to inspire and enable quality woodworking.

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Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates

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Why Not Write an Article for Wood News?
We actively solicit contributions of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for every one we accept and publish in Wood News Online , we will compensate the contributor. We typically pay up to $100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a thousand-word-plus article with photos.

See the Versatile NEW Festool Rotex 90 Sander

This brand new powerful 1/2 HP gear-driven sander (available March 1, 2011) is easily the most versatile sander on the market. Instantly switch from polishing mode to random orbital mode to delta oscillating mode.

How to Pre-Order the Rotex 90:

Watch a short Rotex 90 video:

A Successful Winter
Tool Festival!

Woodworkers gathered 'round to watch Lie-Nielsen tool expert Deneb Puchalski demonstrate the finer points of sharpening, tuning and putting to work a Lie-Nielsen smoothing plane during our recent One Day Sale at Highland Woodworking.

Steel City Helical Planer
Now on Sale for $499.99

Steel City's patented helical cutterhead uses 26 four-sided HSS indexed cutting inserts for ease of blade maintenance, quality of finish and significantly quieter operation. A special purchase allows us to offer these planers at an unprecedented low price, while supplies last.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Read the Popular Woodworking Magazine Review:

Festool Factory Certified Reconditioned Tools 10-20% Off

Now through Feb. 28, we're offering great deals on many factory reconditioned Festool items that come with a one year limited warranty as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee. Free shipping in 48 states.

InOx MX3 Super Lubricant

MX3 Super Lubricant is an excellent, earth-friendly addition to any woodworking shop. Originally developed for use in the harsh conditions of the Australian salt mining industry, this hard-working lubricant will displace water, penetrate corrosion, lubricate and prevent corrosion.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Handtool Event

February 18-19, 2011 at Peach State Lumber in Atlanta, GA

Come see how great hand tools make your woodworking easier! Peach State Lumber in Kennesaw, GA is hosting this hand tool event which will feature demonstrators from Lie-Nielsen, Highland Woodworking, and many others. Admission is Free.

Great Deal on our Rikon Basic Mini-Lathe Package Deal, only $289.99 (A $369.93 value)

We have a limited quantity of this excellent value in a mini-lathe starter package. While supplies last, get our Rikon Basic 16" Mini-Lathe, a set of 5 HSS mini-turning tools, and Richard Raffan's popular "The New Turning Wood Video."

CLICK HERE for more info:

Earlex HVLP HV5000
Pro Sprayer, Super
Special $249.99

(Reg. price $299.99)
Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to apply using a brush. Flawlessly sprays stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based finishes, as well as thinned latex paint. Quantities limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Show Your Stuff!

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We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS
of your favorite woodworking projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your stuff in a future issue.

This month we are featuring the work of Chris Brettnacher of Atlanta, GA.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at his corner winerack:

Charles Brock and his Sculptured Rocker Visit the Martha Stewart Show

Martha's brother Eric Scott built his first sculptured rocker at Charles Brock's first 7-day Windsor chair workshop at Highland Woodworking last year. That connection helped lead to a Martha Stewart show devoted entirely to woodworking. Yes, that's Chuck coaching Martha on how to use a French Auriou rasp to shape a rocker spindle.

HIGHLAND BLOG: Terry Chapman Continues on his Sculptured Rocker Kit

Highland's mega-blogger Terry Chapman is putting together the Sculptured Rocking Chair Walnut Parts Kit, and he's keeping us up to date on his progress on the Highland Woodworking blog.

CLICK HERE for more info on the rocker walnut parts kit itself:

Sculptured Chair Plans
DVD, Book and Drawings

Rocking Chair Plan Bundle Lowback Plan Bundle

SAVE $30 by purchasing
both bundles together

Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his chairs and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.

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